Jessica Pegula achieves feat that no American has done since Serena Williams

Jessica Pegula is the first American since Serena Williams to win 22 WTA 1000 matches in a single season since Serena Williams, who accomplished the feat in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Pegula, 28, captured her maiden WTA 1000 title this past week in Guadalajara. In the Guadalajara final, Pegula saw off Maria Sakkari 6-2 6-3.

Pegula came close to winning a WTA 1000 event several times earlier this year, but didn’t manage to get one until Guadalajara. Previously, Pegula made WTA 1000 semifinals in Miami, Toronto, and San Diego. Also, Pegula ended runner-up at the WTA 1000 event in Madrid, in May.

Pegula proud of herself following her latest success

Pegula was constantly making deep runs on the biggest stage, but a WTA 1000 title was missing. But it all changed last week in Guadalajara. “I’m just proud of how consistently I was able to handle my emotions throughout the entire year, through every good result, bad result that I had.

I was always able to reset really quickly. In the San Diego tournament, I was pissed that I lost [to Iga] and more pissed because she won the tournament. I lost her, I lost to Ash [Barty in Melbourne], I lost to Simona [in Toronto], I lost to Caroline [in Cincinnati].

I was like, what is going on? I lose to every single person in the quarterfinals or semis or in the final against Ons [in Madrid]. This stat has got to be a standout stat for the year. So I just felt annoyed and I was like, ‘I want to win a tournament.’

I think overcoming those constant mental challenges throughout the year is what I’m most proud of. To do it all the way up until the end of the year just shows that I’ve showed up every single week. I’ve been able to deal with it and learn from it and gain experience,” Pegula said on the WTA Insider podcast.

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